It’s so upsetting to us when we see Craiglist and Facebook posts about how people have to get rid of the dog or cat because they now have a baby. I KNOW there are reasons sometimes but mostly these people are just misinformed about how much joy will come to you when you raise your kids with cats and dogs.
We love this debunking of the “The Cat Will Smother My Baby” Myth from Sandra Ward
Old Wives’ Tale Raises Good Safety Points, But No Longer Red Flags
I have successfully raised my children from infancy with dogs and cats in the house and yes even in the crib. The one thing that every cat loves is a crying squirming infant. NOT… but I would find the cat cuddled up with the kids on a regular basis usually with the baby clutching the fur of the warm purring creature and wanting to keep it there..
Reasons to raise your children with pets
Jennifer Houston shares 10 reasons she thinks kids should own a pet.
- Teaches Responsibility
- Helps with Self Confidence
- Less Prone to Allergies and Asthma – I’d never heard this one but she says “Multiple studies over the years have shown that children who grow up with pets are less prone to develop allergies and asthma. When exposed to pet dander and other allergens before the age of one, children tend to develop stronger immune systems. Results published inClinical and Experimental Allergy state that boys who grew up with indoor pets were half as likely to develop severe allergies later on in life.”
- Exercise & Play – Having a dog will get your kiddo outdoors to play instead of sitting in front of a screen all day.. Happiness for you, them and your fur kids.
- Calm – Yes having a pet can be chaotic but when you kiddo is having a bad day, and even in trouble with Mom, going to their pet for unconditional love and understanding is perfect.
- Relieve Stress – Kids have it too and we all know the studies about how petting a dog or cat lowers your blood pressure and increases endorphins into your system.
- Improve Reading Skills – Have a child that is having a hard time with reading? Pets enjoy ANY attention so encourage your kids to read to their pet out loud. There will be no judgement other than an adoring look.
- Learn About Commitment – Pets are a lifetime commitment and taking one of those on as a child will teach them important lessons that will last their lifetime. And lets not forget…THEY are the one’s who will be deciding where WE go when we are old and grey so the lessons they learn early will stick with them.
- Discipline – They need to be disciplined enough to remember to feed them, fill their water bowl, brush them and take care of them when they are sick. “If they have a dog at home, they learn to train it and teach it how to listen. It’s been scientifically proven that having a dog helps children learn about discipline. Some would argue that cats discipline their owners naturally.”
Great article with points we had never even thought of. We have pets for all selfish reasons. They bring joy and happiness to our home.